The only blush palette you will ever need : Benefit Cheekathon

Hey Internet Friends,

I have a confession, an admittance if you will. Ive fallen in love. A special kind of love. Make up Love. I also have a secret for you my loyal readers, I have found the blush palette to end all blush palettes. I showed it you last week, in my London Haul but I tend to write blog posts for this site well in advance, I have actually had the Benefit Cheekathon for a whole month so its time for a little review. You ready?

 

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Benefits new cheekathon palette is the dream team of blushes and bronzers combined in the most beautiful, value for money and special palette I have ever seen. And you probably like me have never heard of it before.
At the weekend I was at my local Benefit counter and the women working there hadn’t even heard of it. So I am going to tell you everything you need to know about why you should 100% buy this product.

Firstly lets start by explaining why its such good value for money.
One blush or bronzer box from Benefit is £23.50.
This palette is £44.50 and you get 5 blushes and bronzers.
Now I know what your thinking, but there not full size products?
But the amazing thing is they are!
For less than the price of two Box O Powders you can have 5?

YES! YES YOU CAN!

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So why should you buy it?
The shades flatter pretty much any skin tone, I am deadly pale as you all know and I can easily wear every shade.
Lets have a shade breakdown shall we:
Dandelion is a sheer pink tone that makes for a pretty everyday blush, this doesnt have to much shimmer and is super wearable.
Hoola – you guys know this is my holy grail bronzer. The perfect Matte finish thats both build-able and subtle. Perfection.
Rockateur is a rose gold shimmer blush that gives the skin a real flush with insane colour payoff.
Dallas is a blush and bronzer combo that gives your face a flush of colour, this works incredibly well to give definition and warmth.
Coralista is a warm coral blush with a strong shimmer, perfect for the summertime.

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From the wrist down – Coralita, Dallas, Rockateur, Holla and Dandelion.

The literal only downside to this palette is the fact that the packaging is absolute enormous. But its just as beautiful as it is big, with Benefit you could to expect beautiful and quality packaging and whilst I appreciate the massive mirror and the brush I will never use it doesnt feel as innovative as some of the other Benefit packaging.

But my faithful ladies and gents, its whats inside that counts!

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The brushes I would pair with this palette is the Blush brush which is perfect for both bronzer and blush especially when trying to add definition, I use the expert face brush for popping a bit of blush on the apples of the cheeks and the powder brush for some real smooth blending.

These brushes are the perfect cheekathon palette.

I honestly give the Benefit cheekathon a solid 9/10! It only looses a point because of that annoying brush nobody uses!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post.

Whats your favourite blush shade and product? Let me know in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post today, I hope you guys don’t mind! Just wanted to share some of the photos I took of the amazing animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. You may or may not know that I am a massive animal lover and YWP is my happy place, its probably the only place I don’t care about what I look like and it sorts out any funk I may be in.

So here is my day in photos…

 

Hope you guys enjoyed a bit of a different post,

As always, leave me links in the comments of posts you think I’ll like?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

My Favourite Youtubers

Hey Internet Friends,

Firstly, if your thinking eurghhh HollyPop this isnt the kind of content we come here for!
Well as much as I know that, I also like to think you come here for me and the youtubers that I love are a big part of who I’ve grown to be yano. I worked really hard on this post so I hope you enjoy it, if you prefer the more beauty related posts, I’ll see you on next week  for a valentines day inspired make up look!

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When I say I watch youtube, I don’t just mean the Vloggers and the ‘Youtubers’, Im in there for the weird stuff, the viral stuff, the cat videos, the trolls and everything in between. I like the internet at its wackiest and I love falling down youtube black holes.
For the purpose of this post Im gonna stick to the ‘Youtubers’, the people I watch everyday and see more than my friends and family.
So lets kick this off where it all began shall we?

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Jenna Marbles
The first channel I ever subscribed to on youtube, the first time I felt like someone I’d never met was one of my best friends, the first person that made me laugh so hard I thought I’d pee and the first person that made me so emotional for someone I’ve never met.
Beautifully intelligent, talented and one of the most unique people I’ve ever come across.
I find myself using her funny little words and expressions in my everyday majestic life and she just warms my heart.

Jenna is originally from Upstate New York, Rochester and has lived in Boston where she completed her Masters degree in psychology before moving to LA where she now lives with her three gorgeous dogs and boyfriend Julien Solomita.
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Julien Solomita
Most people know him as Jenna Marbles boyfriend but he’s so much more that. He is one of the most artistic Vloggers that I watch managing to strike the perfect balance between beautiful time-lapse, scenery and his daily life.
Its a real talent to keep people that interested in Vlogs for so long and I think Julien does it perfectly.
He genuinely seems like an all around nice person and Im glad he took the decision to share his life with the internet because I really look forward to those vlogs.

Jenna and Julien also have an amazing podcast together that remains free to watch and listen too thanks to the varied and perfect introduced sponsors. I watch this every week and whilst the content doesn’t always appeal to me the way they speak about it makes it always entertaining.

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romanatwoodRoman Atwood 

You might think you don’t know who Roman Atwood is but I guarantee you’ll have seen one of his prank videos. The guys pretty much an internet legend.
Although I must say Roman’s pranks aren’t the reason he’s one of my favourite youtubers, I absolutely love romans Vlog channel with his friends, family and daily antics.
His vlogs are so unbelievably real, no sugar coating or fakery just real life family vlogs.
He instills a positive message into his viewers and the people he surrounds him with and I think its a message that it doesn’t hurt to live by.

Everyone needs a little more positivity in there life from time to time.
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Blogger and Youtuber Zoe Sugg has smashed the internet, caused a mixed reaction amongst beauty bloggers and become incredibly successful with two best selling novels and a range of beauty products its hard to ignore her.
Her main channel is a mix of sit down videos and collabs but I really do prefer Zoe’s real life stuff like the Vlogs and the blog posts.
I watch her main channel videos religiously but my heart really lies with the vlogs, because its in those vlogs that you get to see the unpolished zoe who really just loves spending time with her dog and eating pizza.
And thats when I really can relate to Zoe.

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I love all of ‘Team Gleams’ channel (like Jim Chapman, Pixi Woo, Tanya Burr, Joe Sugg) and do subscribe and watch them religiously like the other youtubers I’ve mentioned and whilst I’ll always love them and support their endeavours they don’t make it onto my favourite list just yet…

Other youtubers I love are people like Oli White, Gabby (VelvetGh0st) and BFvsGF (P vs P)

Hope you guys enjoyed this little insight into my life,

Who are your favourite youtubers?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

IT’S HAPPENING : Save The Date

Hey Internet Friends,

If you didn’t know Jamie asked me to marry him a year today at the bottom of a fountain on a cute little Island called Cape Verde. Of course I said Yes, it was a no brainer for me and although I never thought a wedding would be a big deal for me, turns out its a massive deal. I want to share this Journey with you, your my friends and although I cant physically invite you to our wedding I still want to feel like your there. The first thing in my journey I’d love to share with you is our Save The Date Announcements.

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When Im creating something new whether its for this blog, my house or now, my wedding I like to create cute little inspiration boards either on pinterest or on photoshop.
This is one of my Save The Date Inspiration Board.

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Now guys, this is top secret ok? Not even my friends and family have seen this yet so I’m trusting you guys!
I designed these Save The Dates using the Adobe Creative Suite and complimented then with gorgeous Kraft Paper envelopes that I’ve made envelope inserts for using different black and white wrapping paper and the finish product is something I am so pleased with.

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I hope you guys like what I came up with and I really cant wait for my guests to receive them.
As for the wedding itself we both want a big celebration thats as informal as possible, we’ve booked the place were we shall have our marriage ceremony and are looking at different reception venues over the next month.
We’re also looking at houses this month too, I wonder how much stress I can handle before my head explodes?
I’ll keep you posted!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you,

What do you guys think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Lets Wrap this up! Paperchase Christmas Wrapping

Hey Internet Friends,

ITS NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!!!
One of the things that gets me all festive and excited for the big day is wrapping everyones presents and making them look SUPER beautiful!
My wrapping shop of choice is always 100% Paperchase, Im that much of a fan that my local store know me well and my friends and family always look forward to how my presents will look.
So lets look at what there offering this year and how I’m using it!

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Kids Penguin Style
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I always like to get Jay a special wrapping style from everyone else and when I saw this I knew that it was meant to be, Jay absolutely loves penguins so this wrap was just perfect for his presents.
I decided to team the wrap with the Paperchase red sparkly gift tags and ribbon and bows set to go with the little red detail in the paper.
I feel its worked really well and looks super Christmassy.

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Kraft Paper Style
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I think the Kraft paper style is so on trend at the minute and looks timelessly beautiful. It comes back to the old paper packages tied up with string and it makes a gift look really fabulous.
I’ve chosen this style for all my friends and family and really hope they love it as much as I do. The simplicity and beauty of the packages really shines through and its especially nice under tree’s with a set theme of decorations so it won’t clash and look awkward.

kraftmeIm so happy with these and hope all my gift recipients love them too!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little post about my wrapping choices this year,

Id love to hear about your festive bits and bobs, so link me in the comments?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Deck the Halls…

Hey Internet Friends,

This post isn’t about a new product or anything remotely beauty related but its about my life and I feel we’ve been friends long enough that I can share these things with you. If you don’t like posts like this and prefer the more make up type things thats totally fine and I’ll see you on Saturday but for those that care about my everyday life and some cute Christmas Decorations, lets do this.

Christmas is my favourite most exciting time of year, I love it like I did when I was a child and still wake up early on Christmas Morning ridiculously giddy and happy.
It only ever truly starts to feel like Christmas when the Tree’s up so I start sort of early!

The Tree
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The Tree is a fake unfortunately but with little paws around it just wouldn’t be practical to get a real tree. Its still a 6 foot beast and takes up the majority of my bay window!
Ive gone for a Silver and light blue theme this year with simple white lights, I think it looks so beautiful and let me tell you a little secret.
I got the Tree, decorations and lights for £30! Can’t beat that really.
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Personalised Decorations
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This cute little paper tree is probably one of my favourite decorations with customisable baubles it really adds that personal touch to Christmas.
I can get the majority of people I love in one space and really, what more is Christmas about?

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This cute little fireplace is light by a tea light at the back that shines through the glass.
The fireplace itself is about 15cm high and made of ceramic, the stockings are plastic and interchangeable.
They even do one for the Guinea Pig! The one without a name on is supposed to be for our scary pet catfish called Raymond.
Its a bit mental in my house….

Little Bits and Bobs. 
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Cute little feathery birds, no idea what these are for or have to do with Christmas but they look pretty!

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This little snow globe is supposed to be a Christmas Tree decoration but it doesn’t go with the theme so it just lives on a little shelf now being adorable!
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I don’t have a fireplace so my stocking have to be hung on my DVD shelf! If thats my only problem this year I think were going to be ok!

Hope you guys liked my Christmas Decorations,

If you guys have done a post about yours leave me a link in the comments. I’d absolutely LOVE to see them. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

It’s your turn…

Hey internet friends, 

Since I’ve started this blog I’m constantly overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I’ve been given. I love that I have this platform and that I’m making some amazing friends but I want this to be your space too. I care massively about what content you like, what parts of my life you want to see and how this blog can improve. 

So that’s why I ask you for your help, so we can grow together. 

What do you want to see? 

What post ideas do you have that you’d love me to do? 

Would you like to see some collaborative posts? 

For the next few weeks I want to keep it Christmassy, so what would you like from that?

Give me your thoughts and suggestions, I care massively about what you think. 

Speak soon, 

HollyPop xx

Payday Haul: Victoria’s Secret & Other bits

Hey Internet Friends,

So, when payday comes around me and my fiancé like to have a little splurge (within our means) and really treat ourselves. This month was no different and me and Jay went to Meadowhall Shopping centre and had such a nice day full of shopping, wagamama’s and fun! So I’d like to show you what I bought….

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Victoria’s Secret purchases
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I must say, this was the purchase that I was so pleased to get, I’ve had my eye on these Victoria’s Secret Joggers for so long and they’re ridiculously comfortable and look super cute too!
There perfect for lounging around the house in the winter months and make me feel super snuggly!
You can see them on the VS website HERE

I also picked up some new underwear bottoms because Victoria’s Secret do a fantastic offer of 5 pairs for £20 and I find these so comfortable and fantastic value! The waist band from VS is really sturdy and looks so unbelievably cute.
You can see the ranges in the offer HERE

Nicky Clarke Desired Hairdryer
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My old hairdryer has been very poorly recently and overheating constantly so I set out today with the idea of getting a new one. When I saw this all Shiny and red I thought it was perfect for me.
What Nicky Clarke Says
Bring the glamour of red carpet celebrity into your home with the Desired range by Nicky Clarke, from the UK’s leading celebrity hairdresser.

Featuring a powerful 2000W long life A.C. professional motor and compact lightweight design, the Professional A.C. Dryer has the substance to match the style, with salon performance and great features.

Ionic technology helps to control frizz , the dryer has 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for maximum versatility, a cool-shot button to add the finishing touch to enhance any style, a removable air filter and a professional styling concentrator.

The Desired by Nicky Clarke range: bringing salon standards and red carpet glamour to your home, because we all want to be Desired.

Sounds good to me! You can check it out on the website HERE

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fter recently picking up some Soap & Glory products (you can read the post about it HERE) I have completely fell in love with the brand and especially the amazing Shampoo and Scrubs so today in the boots 3 for two offer I picked up the following:
Glad Hair Day Shampoo – “No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen. For all hair types including highlighted and heat processed.
Glad Hair Day Conditioner – “No build-up formula with raspberry fruit vinegar, shea butter, panthenol, phytantriol and glycerin to help detangle, gloss, protect and strengthen. For fine to normal hair types.”
Rich & Foamous Shower Gel – “Almond and honey milks, oat extract, and our soft and frothy M-SUDS™ MoistureBoost system leave skin clean, supple and irresistibly scented. The next best thing to waking up to the smell of fresh baking is taking a shower with RICH & FOAMOUS™ Body Wash. Super creamy, ultra sudsy, conditioning on dry skin, it’s everything you ever wanted in a wash.

Im really excited to try the two new products I picked up as they smell absolutely divine!
You can check out Soap & Glory at boots HERE

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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Colour in Midnight Blue – I feel like when it gets a bit cooler and my hair starts loosing its colour I like to go for a darker colour and this year Im trying a really dark Midnight Blue. Fingers crossed it turns out ok.

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Theres absolutely nothing finer than after a long day shopping then taking home some Millie’s Cookies. I absolutely love these and think there the perfect treat while Im cuddled up in my new Joggers watching TV. Bliss!

Hope you guys enjoyed my little payday Haul!

What are you guys looking forward to buying the next time you feel like a little treat?

Link me to any posts you think I might like in the comments!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel Review

Hey Internet Friends,

I recently saw Sam from Pixiwoo and Real Techniques post on twitter about their very own Deep Cleansing Gel and as a massive fan of both their youtube channel and brush products I was gobsmacked that I’d never heard of it! I quickly began researching the product and sent her a tweet asking where I could get it from and she replied so quickly! Honestly, its so lovely that social media gives us this platform to find out about these things direct from the source. So, lets get down to the nitty gritty shall we?!

Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel
DSC03466he Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel is made by the same people who make the majority of my brushes, so obviously I was expecting brilliant things. It makes logical sense that people who make great brushes should make great products to support them!
Before purchasing the cleaner I watched the youtube tutorial by Nic on the Real Techniques website so I had an idea what I was doing with it and read a few reviews obviously!

Where you can buy it
You can buy this at all the usual places, basically anywhere you can buy the make up brushes. I did try ordering this from boots however they were all sold out so I opted to have it shipped from the Real Techniques website. 
Amazingly this only cost me £5.92!! (but I had to pay the shipping)
Boots retail it at £7.50
Superdrug retail it at £6.99

Regardless, its pretty cheap for a good quality brush cleaner and when its specifically designed for your brushes its even more of a bargain!

What Real Techniques Say
Designed for deep cleaning, with the cleansing power of a concentrate, this formula is laboratory proven to effectively remove nearly all makeup residue. It removes what you see…and even impurities you can’t see for a new brush clean.
> dermatologist tested for gentleness
> no alcohol or phthalates
> quick, clean rinse
> tested safe for all Real Techniques brushes

How I use it
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Everyone has there own way and I am in no way a professional, If you want to see how a pro does it check out the Real Techniques Website

1. I lightly rinse my brushes under warm water ensuring I am just wetting the ends of the bristles and going nowhere near the part where the glue lives (the ferrule?)
2. I then apply a tiny pea sized amount onto the very ends of the bristles and rub the brush around my hand to work the product in and let it work its cleaning magic.
3. Rinse the brush ensuring all the product is off the brush and no soapy suds remain. (Again being careful not to damage the Glue part)
4. If trying to remove stubborn make up like foundation or eyeshadow primer you may need to repeat the above steps.
5. Gently squeeze down the bristles to remove any water residue.
6. I then re shape the brush and lie the majority down flat and the super fluffy or hard to try ones (like that tricky RT sculpting brush) I let them dry facing down in a stand.

You should be washing your brushes fully about once a week, not washing your brushes can lead to rubbing bacteria all over your face. Theres zero point having amazing make up, flawless application skills and a strict skincare regime if you don’t wash your make up brushes.
Plus, they look so pretty when there clean!

What Did I think
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Hallelujah! My prayers have been answered. This cleaner has made my friday night brush cleaning an absolute dream, it takes nowhere near as long and they are completely spotless. They smell super fresh and amazing, they dry quicker and I know the product Im using is specifically designed to work with my make up brushes so I don’t have to worry about damaging them.
For the price this stuff is absolutely fantastic, I can safely say I will continue using this as long as I can get my hands on it.
The texture of this is a little weird, I couldn’t really get my head about using a gel on something so delicate as a make up brush but once I saw it completely remove Mac Studio Fix foundation from my notoriously tricky to clean buffing brush I was completely and utterly sold.
My only slight tiny moan is that I find the actual bottle a little tricky, its a hard plastic and it makes it a little tricky to squeeze the product out with one hand. But if thats all I can find to moan about then I think its pretty good.
Do I wish I could buy a larger bottle a time?! Of course I do. I wish that about all products I love but Im guessing its going to last a fair while and even if it doesn’t, its that good I really don’t care.

If you haven’t tried this wonder cleaner yet, please I encourage you too. 
Verdict – 9/10

Hope you found this post useful guys!

Have you guys tried this cleaner yet?!

Link me to your posts about brush cleaning in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

National Pet Show 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Bit of a different post then usual today but I had a fantastic day last week at the National Pet show in Birmingham and really wanted to share with you all the photos I took and a little bit about the people I met.

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Before getting to the show I was super excited for all the cute animals and to see the legendary Noel Fitzpatrick do a talk about One Medicine (more on that later).
It was all a bit overwhelming and I met some lovely people and beautiful animals.


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SuperVet Live!

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For those of you that don’t know about Noel Fitzpatrick and the amazing work he does for the veterinary profession you can find his website HERE

Noel is working towards an amazing future where Human and Animal medicine work as one, allowing doctors and vets to bridge the gap and learn from each other so both the animals and people can benefit. Its an amazing charity that really can make a massive impact to our future. If you would like to find out more about the charity you can HERE. I’m sure you’ll support it as much as I do.
Why shouldn’t we have access to the same prosthetics and revolutionary medicine available to animals already?
Why should animals be used to test medicine for humans and not benefit from the results?!
Its just common sense.


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Made friends with these absolutely gorgeous dogs!
I wanted them to come home and be my new animal soulmates.

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And I got to do all this super fun stuff with my Mum & Grandad!

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If you ever get the chance to attend something like this, please do!
It filled my heart with so much joy and happiness, everyone was so lovely and sometimes you need a day like this to get things into perspective and realise whats truly important in life and what really makes you happy.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and don’t mind that its a little different then usual.

Sometimes you just have to do things that make you happy, you know?

Do you guys have any pets?!

Whats your favourite animal?!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx